The workshop took place in the streets of beautiful York with several other bloggers from the local area. The objective of the day was not just to learn about the technical settings of our cameras, but also to practice the art of capturing expression and emotion in the people that pass in front of us in the streets.
Keith was very patient, taking the time to explain how the different settings on the camera work and what situations they were best suited for. It became clear very quickly that Keith was a fountain of knowledge and experience. He wasn’t the sort to baffle you with information with the sole purpose of making himself sound good; he genuinely wanted to help his audience understand not just the how’s, but also the why’s.
After some practice taking photos of each other in the park by the Minster, we headed off in our own directions to take photos of around the inner city streets.
When our group reformed a short while later, Keith shared a few of his techniques and tips for approaching strangers to request their photograph. We were all apprehensive at the thought, but Keith’s confidence boosted our own. He clearly has a gift for reading people’s emotions. He admits he can detect within second whether someone will respond positively to his requests. The best part of it comes down to confidence and practice, though.
A couple was sitting on a bench with their two lurchers close to where our groups stood. Speaking to people with dogs, for some reason, is so much easier than talking to people who are alone. Dogs seem a good excuse to create a conversation that isn’t awkward. Everyone likes positive comments about their dogs.
They dogs me a lot of Paddy. Their slightly coarse hair, eyes, and mouth are very similar.
Keith’s workshop taught me a lot about my camera. Learning from a person is much more engaging than reading instructions or watching a YouTube video. I thrive on interactions with people because I feel it adds so much more to the learning experience. It was also great to spend time in the company of other bloggers in the local area who share my passion for writing and sharing stories.
Thank you, Keith. Thank you, Inntravel. I had a wonderful day.